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Poster: stbalbach Date: Jan 16, 2014 8:25pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

I wonder if "tpb" was chosen because of The Pirate Bay, the warez site, but who knows. Brewster reveals the Google Books caper in this video, starting around 5:00 .. mystery solved. Sounds like it was a group that included Swartz.

I think they have recognized the Community Texts/Audio/etc.. at times. Open Library was created to allow volunteers to edit metadata though I never use it personally for some reason (editing seems like dropping a pebble in the ocean). Brewster also posted some ideas how to help here.


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Poster: tfmorris Date: Jan 18, 2014 11:15am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz = User tpb?

That's an interesting account. I'd noticed that the PDF linking had changed from IA to Google and assumed it was some kind of accommodation to Google, but this was the first time I've heard it confirmed (immediately after Brewster says that Google had "no problem" with the botnet downloads). He also says that the libraries who owned the scanned volumes *did* have a problem with it.

Another thing I've noticed, which I suspect is also an accommodation to Google, is that their high quality OCR has been replaced with IA's ABBYY OCR.